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Swansea – 0 vs Manchester United – 4

20/08/2017 Leave a comment

A very, very good game. A bit nervy at first with Swansea testing us. We could not make much against Swansea as they had five defenders, one of them being the fantastic Argentinian Fernandez. But we piled pressure on them like crazy and it was only on the cusp of half-time that Eric Bailly scored! What a way to end the first half with Manchester United in the lead!

When the second-half started, we piled more pressure on. Then a bit later in the second-half, Jose took off Mata and Rashford and introduced Fellaini and Martial. And that is when the magic happened. In the 80th minute, Lukaku scored! Then one minute later, Martial scored! Not to be outdone, one minute later, Pogba scored! Three goals in the space of four minutes! What a score!

And that is how it ended. Swansea – 0 and Manchester United – 4. We are top of the table but this is only the second week of the 2017 / 2018 season. We cannot get too over-confident. Let us keep a clean sheet. Oh yeah…I gotta say this…Glory Glory Manchester United! Keep the red flag flying high!

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Over-sized lampshade

19/08/2017 Leave a comment

I saw this lamp-shade at someone’s office. it was huge…really huge. Looking at this, and then looking at the size of my small apartment…

But I must admit…it is nice. I like it.

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Black CEE form 16A plug and socket

18/08/2017 Leave a comment

Someone was advertising these black CEE form plugs and sockets on one of those sale groups on Facebook and I decided to buy a sample to try it out. They are not too bad and the seller obviously got it from Taobao because I saw many such plugs on sale there. The seller told me something that makes a lot of sense…these plugs and sockets are handy for shows where they must be hidden from plain site…unlike the white and blue ones which can be seen, especially in dark theatres. These plugs are rated at 16A single-phase and the price I paid for them is quite competitive. Will try them out and see how they are,

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The inside of a drink vending machine

17/08/2017 Leave a comment

We have all seen vending machines like these. The Japanese though take it to another level, with machines that are able to dispense stuff like tinned bread and even to some that dispense used lady undergarments! But machines like these are always welcome on hot days, when one needs a cooling drink. Just yesterday I saw such vending machine being refilled. The person responsible for filling it just filled it up with cans. I was curious as to which part of the machine does the actual refrigeration of the cans and I saw that the middle section was closed off. That was probably the refrigerator section. Then I saw that near the door was a small machine, which I suspect is a sensor that probably tells the company when the machine can be refilled. It probably has a SIM card or something that sends SMSes or something…I am not sure. But it is interesting nonetheless, to see the innards of a machine like that.

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A longer password is more secure

16/08/2017 Leave a comment

I saw this article here and I find it to be pretty useful when it comes to protecting passwords on the Internet. Forget about what you heard about complex passwords. The article states that a simple, yet long password is much harder to crack than a complex, but short password. Hard to believe? It makes sense. And I think that it is wise to look into.

Nescafe Ice

15/08/2017 Leave a comment

I had a bit of a double-take when I saw this on sale at a provision shop near my home. Nescafe Ice. Sounded so mysterious until I saw the coffee beans below the wording. I then saw that it was a low fat milk coffee beverage. I am partial to my Pokka milk coffee but nothing beats a good cup of real coffee. But all in all, looks pretty interesting. I suppose that by ice, it needs to be served chilled. Worth a try. Will get a couple of cans for “testing”

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Smoke detectors compulsory for new HDB flats

14/08/2017 Leave a comment

Apparently so, according to The Straits Times. But the thing that is making people unhappy is that new home buyers will have to fork out for them…according to the article:

All newly built homes – Housing Board flats as well as private residences – will have to be installed with smoke detectors from next June, when an updated Fire Code is released, The Straits Times understands.

Called a home smoke alarm, the device costs between $60 and $80 for a basic version. Installation could cost another $50 or so.

The costs will likely be borne by home buyers, though the authorities, led by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), are working with grassroots leaders to identify elderly and needy households that need financial help in doing so.

The battery-operated devices are designed to alert occupants when they sense smoke, and function independently. They are not connected to emergency services or a central fire alarm system.

Well, let us see how this pans out. I personally think that getting a smoke alarm is a good thing…but to force people to buy it…that is another thing altogether.

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